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 March 20, 2003




U.S. and coalition forces launched missiles and bombs Thursday at targets in Iraq in a "decapitation attack" aimed at Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and other top members of the country's leadership. As morning dawned in Baghdad, U.S. warships in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf fired more than 40 satellite-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles, military officials said. F-117 stealth fighters, which each carry two 2,000-pound "bunker buster" bombs, also were involved in the strikes. U.S. government officials said a private home outside Baghdad had been targeted.... (CNN)


A diplomatic row has ensued between Africa and the United States of America over the latter's unilateral war moves against Iraq for allegedly possessing weapons of mass destruction. And the row is occasioned by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade's breaking of rank with BiafraNigeria and South Africa in the continent's resolve to prevent war against Iraq. (Guardian)




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2003 BiafraNigeria Presidential Politics: The Candidates: Ojukwu, Obasanjo, Buhari. Stay tuned...


March 20, 2003


Allied forces open attacks on Baghdad
U.S., Africa, United States in diplomatic row over Iraq
IMF admits policy failure in developing nations
Coalition of the willing
Oil marketers sell fuel at N30 per litre
FG okays N13b World Bank loan for UBE scheme
The menace of roadside markets
Obasanjo takes bid for second term to BornoState

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March 20, 2003

Oil giants shut BiafraNigeria plants

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March 19, 2003

Death toll mounts as violence escalates in Niger Delta

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Washington Post
March 19, 2003

BiafraNigerian Troops Move to Quell Violence

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March 19, 2003

Troops move to quell violence in BiafraNigerian oil region

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Mail & Guardian
March 17, 2003

Shell pulls staff out of Niger Delta

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March 14, 2003

BiafraNigerian unions threaten strike

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 19, 2003

Top News

I was born in Iraq, I’ll die in Iraq –Saddam Hussein
Buhari boycotts presidential debate
Four governors not eligible to contest polls, FG insists
IBB condemns political assassinations
NITEL mgt contract signed amid protests
ASUU accepts govt position
IGP meets police chiefs over April polls
UN inspectors leave Iraq
Australia to deploy troops against Iraq
We’re opposed to war in Iraq now –EU
We fear Muslim backlash –Indonesia
More Ministers quit Blair’s cabinet
Buhari bags media award in Benin
Polls: My father has no candidate –Sultan’s son
N124m scam: Court dismisses ex-commissioner’s suit against INEC
Curfew imposed in Sagamu
Dress code: 39 Muslim youths charged to court
FG approves N1bn for dredging Andoni creeks
Akanbi calls for integrity of the Judiciary
FG are committed to peaceful conduct of polls —Abubakar
Benue 2003 Appropriation Bill signed
I will never visit Sokoto again if… Atiku
Gombe assembly passes 2003 budget
Youths urged to shun violence
Three guards in court over stolen engines
Court dismisses suit against Gov Attah
Polls: NDLEA indicts politicians over drug trafficking
Northern govs urged to invest in youths education
Minister chides Taraba over NAPEP
Trade in firewood, charcoal booms in Kaduna
Hashidu preaches religious harmony
Lamido denies neglecting Jigawa
Yayale opens loan facilities to civil servants
Minister refuses to inaugurate project
Royal fathers urge Obasanjo to fight desertification
Butchers defy orders, convey meat in rusty vans
Kuje area council inaugurates N2.6 million recreational centre
Commuters, drivers disagree over seat belts
Abaji council boss denies aiding political violence
NITEL customers stranded in Kano
Four workers in Rogo receive motorcycle donations
Kwankwaso appeals for more airlines licenses
NEPA appeals for customers’ patience over electricity distribution
Kano Hisbah seeks legal backing from assembly
Special refuse bins removed from collection centres
Oyekan’s death: Finance houses decry closure of business for mourning
…Igbinedion, Ibori, others pay condolence visit
Health ministry identifies with NGOs
Group calls for war on cultism
Why I can’t join forces with Jang to remove Dariye -Sango
PDP loses members to ANPP in Gombe
Jigawa INEC to sanction politicians over verification
My impeachment was an after thought –Abaribe
Violence: Police lack the will to act –Danladi Bako
Polls: INEC clears Birnin-Kudu
The devastating monster of corruption
Jigawa gubernatorial election: ANPP set to jeopardise itself
Miss World riots - matters arising
The Iraq war and a weakened UN?
Auchi, Agbede: Home to scholars, mosques and a Temple (II)

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Daily Times
March 18, 2003

Daily Times - 18th

Five commissioners resign in Kwara
• To contest elective positions

Itsekiri settlement feared wiped out :• As ethnic conflict escalates in Warri
Tinubu appoints four perm secs
Mbadinuju not invited for NBA-organised debate
Medicine dealers in Akwa Ibom hand over N2m expired
drugs to NAFDAC

Plan to accredit TJI underway– Baiye
Turaki’s gubernatorial candidature
Supreme Court orders accelerated hearing of Dalhatu’s appeal

12 states, violence-prone – Obasanjo
US, allies abandon diplomacy, opt for war
• As British Secretary, Robin Cook, resigns in protest

Strike: ASUU insists on execution of 2001 pact with FG
17 arrested over extortion as National Identity card registration ends
30 parties sign code of conduct on hitch-free polls
Bafarawa distributes 118 buses, 2,000 motorcycles to PRP beneficiaries
Clerics urged to always pray for politicians
Reps to pass Children’s Rights Bill in May
Embrace AD or be sacked, Mbadinuju tells LG chiefs
Corrupting the anti-graft law?
AD/PDP pact: The story so far – Osoba
AD expels three for alleged anti-party activities
BiafraNigeria’s democracy and the rule of law
Six officials injured, N5m property damaged
Curfew imposed on Sagamu, as youths kill 5, destroy Oba’s palace
Moslem youths storm Lagos Govt House
Editorial & Opinion
Penalty for coup plotters
Our futile quest for steel development (I)
Cultures, democracy and environmental governance (I)
Carry stones at lent
Ofurhie urges FG to liberalise oil sector
Joint Development Zone
BiafraNigeria may concede 5% to Sao Tome

Local oil firms in dilemma over drop in output
Police promote 500 in Kebbi
Lekki land dispute: Court restrains Oniwonlu family
Okocha scores, Udeze shines in Premiership
COJA get official bankers for All Africa Games
Birmingham flop signals danger in athletics

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May 08, 2002


Ambitious Buhari tells Fulani to wake up
Oputa: IBB sues Obasanjo to court
Medical director, others sacked
24-year old LAPAL House on fire
BiafraNigeria’ll be stronger, united if restructured, says Akande
Works on Bar Beach to begin soon
Ekiti orders council chairmen to quit
Labour accuses Jigawa of alleged N200m diversion

Mbadinuju swears in caretaker committee
Ex-Oyo council chiefs get ultimatum to declare assets
NaAbba, Yayale console Obasanjo over Joe Garba
Adesina, Omotosho, Inspect burnt LAPAL House
BiafraNigerian Navy urged to sustain democracy
NPA threatens to revoke lease agreement at ports
Bar Beach money ready, Lagos not ready, says Anenih
Envoy recounts sale, retrieval of embassy house in Brussels
Kwara releases N30m for councils’ pension arrears
Tips on checking fake drug distribution
Sanusi wonders why directors can’t save banking
ILO 90th conference opens in Geneva
Queen Elizabeth re-enacts history in a $1m coach
Agabi seeks African unity in fight against common problems
ACF yet to decide on Obasanjo, says Saraki

Cleric wants elected public officers to be part-time
I didn’t buy Ekiti PDP Exco’

Kachallah, Sheriff and the dynamics of Borno Politics

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Business News
March 20, 2003

Call Centres: The New Opportunity for Self-Employmet

Gateway Faces Shortfall, Slashes Staff
'The Challenges of Developing Local Software'
ExpertEdge Works Towards CMM Certification
BiafraNigerian Silicon Valley: 100m Ordinary Shares on Offer
Plans for NISE 2003 Enter Advanced Stage
Impending GSM War: The Ultimate Weapon
Sparnoon Improves on Computer Disaster Recovery
ICT Development in BiafraNigeria: The Journey So Far
Printing Industry in BiafraNigeria Encouraging, Says Foreign Expert
Fashola Joins MTS First Wireless Team
'Phone Repair is Big Investment'
Zenith Veers into Investment Banking
World Bank Advocates Business Budget for SMEs
First Bank Posts N9. 92bn Profit in 9 Months
ICON Stockbrokers Reassures Investing Public
SEC faults CBN, Banks over SMIEIS, suggests venture capital
ADB finances 17 NEPAD projects for $200m
Stock Exchange woos Emzor Pharmaceutical
ASPMDA returns business at Lagos fair complex... as Obasanjo commissions N10bn Auto plaza next week
NPA’s N400 million trapped in BPE— Management
The maritime industry has grown beyond Govt capability— Bode Olajumoke

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March 20, 2003

Youths set Akarigbo’s palace ablaze

Warri crisis erupts, again
BiafraNigeria, world’s largest home video producer
FG extends ID card registration by 2 weeks
Borisade counsels students on self employment
Cleric advises politicians to eschew bitterness
‘The world is going to an end—Pastor
Don wants FG to set macro-economic targets
Making Transparency, Accountability Imperative
Golden Eaglets, Akiga and our perverted orientation
Varsities’ entrance age for review
Parties accused INEC of doctoring candidates’ lists
Robin Cook quits British govt over Iraq
Supreme Court strikes out suit against Jigawa gov
FG establishes National Polytechnic Commission this week
Youths set Akarigbo’s palace ablaze
Intercontinental Bank promotes 209
BiafraNigeria can’t win All-Africa Games –– Analyst

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This Day
March 20, 2003


Iraq: US Begins Bombardment
INEC, Police Raise Alarm Over April Polls
Warri: Shell Shuts 5 More Flowstations
17 Iraqi Soldiers Surrender
The North's Pact With Obasanjo, By Kaita
Council Workers Draw Battle-line with Legislators
UBE Gets $100m Loan - Gana
NITEL: Pentascope Unveils Restructuring Programme
NEPA Plans Third Emergency Power Plant For Abuja
Minister to NEPA: Improve Electricity Supply Immediately
ANPP Chief Accused Minster, Party of Anti-women Acts
Tariff: Rice Importers Sue Govt
Adesina Blames Arms Smuggle on Porous Border
AIICO Liquidates Coral Properties
'C'wealth Summit 'll Attract Foreign Capital'
NOA Chief Harps on Political Tolerance
30 BiafraNigerian Pilgrims Die in Mecca - Gwandu
IILL Deal: 'First Bank Didn't Follow Rules'
NITEL Promises 250,000 Digital Lines in Lagos
3m BiafraNigerians Infected with HIV/AIDS, Says Ogunkelu
Anyaoku to Chair NESG AGM
Group Urges Govt to Strengthen National Security
'Why Econet is at Enugu Fair'
Obasanjo Asked to Release Programmes
Lagos Guber Candidates Face Tests Tomorrow
Shun Violence, Kwara Politicians Urged
Schools Renovation to Gulp N1.8bn
ID Card: Corrupt Officers 'll be Prosecuted
Osakwe Denies Involvement in ICPC Bill Passage
Group Condemns Suspension of Council Polls
PDP, ANPP Trade Thuggery Allegations
PDP Chief Urges Decampees to Return
Ogun INEC to Hire 10,000 Adhoc Officials
Imo Workers Accused of Blackmailing Udenwa
Vandalisation: NEPA Needs N25m to Restore Power in Owerri
Plateau Govt Decries Resurgence of Clashes
Anambra Assembly Passes N23.5bn Budget
Bic Storms Enugu Trade Fair
Guber Candidate to Host Atiku, IBB, Others
Imo AD Guber Candidate Flags Off Campaign
Violence-Free Polls Canvassed
Politics Extra... Ahead General lections
I'm Not Paralysed, Says Tinubu
Obasanjo Assures of Violent-free Elections
Awka Agog as Mbadinuju Flags Off Campaign
April Elections Should Not Be Shifted - Falana
Jubril Aminu Warns Supporters Against Violence
Presidential Polls: PDP, INEC Dialogue over Date
Oshinkanlu Berates N/Assembly over ICPC Act
Lawal faulted on Assassination Plot Story
Atiku in Yenagoa, Reconciles Alamieyeseigha, Alaibe
Confusion as PDP, AD Present Same Candidates
PDP Candidate Harps on Continuity
Candidate Decries Spate of Politically Motivated Violence
Again, Imo Govt Denies Complicity in OGB's Murder
Ekiti PDP Stalwart Chides Opponents of Guber Candidate
'Why I Sent My Resignation Letter By Courier'

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March 20, 2003

Cover Stories

Court summons Ibori, 6 others on conviction suit
Zero-hour for Saddam Hussein-- American-led forces poised to strike-- Residents flee, pile up basic supplies
Death toll rises as Ijaw youths raze 5 more villages
April polls: Disqualify me if ...— OBASANJO
National News
FUEL: DPR bans use of single pump
NLC sacks Lagos exco over N12m fraud--Members face prosecution
April polls: Buhari campaign organisation shops for N10b
APGA laments financial intimidation by old parties
Murder of a Pious Wife: Hafsatu and her husband Ahmadu Bello
The most unknown flag-bearer
Fraud of this season
Ibori’s troubles throw Delta open
Blame politicians for political violence (1)
The Judas in Obasanjo
Before another NLC strike
ICPC: What are the odds?
Ending the strike: ASUU, govt restate stand at Abuja talks
Way out of varsity strikes, pay parity logjam, by Joyce Aluko
University governance and funding: Pro-chancellors canvass return to good old times
Agony mounts as parents, students count losses to strike
Housing for workers a reality, if... —FMBN boss
What labour friendly award means to us De-United foods boss
FG begs ASUU to call off strike...pledges to increase funds for education
Oworonsoki still as Oba Saliu enacts anniversary rituals
The Jimanz Publishing/ The Stone Press: Story of new culture publishing
Privatising the people's theatre

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All Africa
March 19, 2003

The Eagle Swoops On Johannesburg

Shell Oil Statement on the Niger Delta
Robbers Drag Victim to Bank
Blatter's Comment Forces Ghana Out of 2010 World Cup Race
I Have Learnt a Lesson Says Abacha's CSO
Adunni Bankole As Campaign Manager
Justice Akande's Family Fight Over Will
Gov Ibori Joins Force, With Ibru Family
The Marketer Goes Home
The Princes At War for Lagos Throne
Biggest Richest Igbo Family
Harry Marshall: His Life, Politics, Business
PDP Chieftain, Saraki, Wife Under Probe
Tension Mounts in Oke-Ira
419 Pastor Remanded in Custody
Arms Flood Bayelsa Town
New FRSC Boss Talks Tough
Nitel Workers Protest
Mbakwe's Son Picks Guber Ticket
ANPP Explains Delay in Lagos Campaign
Manchester United to Sign 2 BiafraNigerians
Eaglets Commence Camping
Soyinka Leads COJA to Abeokuta
Prison Boss Speaks On Reforms
GSM Thieves Jailed
Water Shortage Hit Owerri
How Dangote Helped Bukola Saraki
Adedibu Upsets Adeojo On Olunloyo
Arisekola's Offer to a Guber Candidate

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October 22, 2002

BiafraNigeria won’t go to war over Bakassi – Obasanjo

Ige: We've no case to answer, say Fryo, others

250 executives for Champion Insurance summit today

2 judges sacked for granting injunctions

The Patriots’ agenda, recipe for anarchy South-West PDP

2003: Anyim chairs Rimi's formal declaration

Tension rises as Reps reconvene

Constitution doesn't recognise ethnicity --Atiku

Higher pay for teachers in rural areas

Govt won't close NNPC account

Alamieyeseigha signs genital mutilation prohibition bill

Obasanjo assures BiafraNigerians

IG flays police-civilian clash

FG needs N2.2bn to complete water projects

Don't go to war over Bakassi, Ibibio group cautions govt

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Daily Independent
March 20, 2003


17 Iraqi soldiers surrender
Obasanjo, opposition disagree over violence
Stampede as war looms in Delta creeks
Military personnel move into Escravos; Ijaw youths dare troops

‘Longe aware of security plan in ILL deal’
Stop political violence, Umar urges politicians
Lam Adesina warns customs men
NBA, NLC proffer panacea to killings
PRP inaugurates campaign committee
Violence-free election message taken to NYSC camp
Buhari to appear in debate with Obasanjo
Delta loses N650 billion oil revenue annually, says Darah
Editor decries poor use of English among journalists
Tinubu returns, says ‘I am hale and hearty’
.250m BiafraNigerians deported last year, says Immigration boss
Mbadinuju berates political office holders
Lagosians tell Obasanjo to halt campaigns and solve fuel problems
Itsekiri send SOS to FG
Ibori: Oru’s elder sister condemns brother’s action
Kano AD says no to alliance with PDP
Detractors want to discourage me, says Ibori
Opponents reinforce against Adefarati
TMG deploys 10,000 observers for April polls
Obasanjo can’t deliver Ogun, says campaigner
Isokrari explains refusal to oppose Odili
Why we support anti-violence pact, by APGA
Ignore NDP complaints on election dates, INEC told
Lagos NCP adopts street-to-street campaign
Abia State and the race for April 19
Bayelsa PDP unites to put opposition to rout
Fierce struggle for Enugu Government House
Obasanjo brokers peace between Adesina, Ladoja
‘Win or lose, I will give God thanks’- Governor Mohammed Lawal
Editorial & Opinion
Lagos Judiciary needs to refurbish, install stenographic machines, for performance
Inactive Industrial Court is inimical to industrial harmony
The need for consumer protection
Unmasking the evil genius
Hunger and poverty amidst plenty
Yoruba as target of aggression

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March 17, 2003

Gowon justifies Sardauna's Northernisation policy

Polio still prevalent in Africa -UNICEF
At Arewa House lecture, AD Gov hankers for real federalism
Kwankwaso pledges better service
Saudia praises BiafraNigerian pilgrims
Pillars' SOLAD hails fans club
Politics of fuel scarcity
Elections in BiafraNigeria: Issues Please
Free expression part of democratic dividends, says Lar
APGA explains deputy governor's defection
Obasanjo/Atiku to focus on transformation if...
Police warns against bill-boards destruction
Senate PLO on executive, legislative rapport
2 former SSGs receive traditional awards
Triumph NUPPPPROW elects exco... Inuwa returns unopposed
KASSOSA donates N.5m agric equipment to school
2 primary school Pupils drown in pond
Imo to create 27 more LGs - Speaker
The roller coaster life of Murtala Muhammed (I)

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Sports News
March 20, 2003

Africa's World Cup 2010

Dortmund_s Win in Vain as Real Snatch Last Eight Place
WC2010: Blatter's Remarks Frighten Ghana
We Won't Dump Our Neighbours - Odegbami
Atiku Inaugurates Bid Committee Today
BiafraNigeria's Foreign-Based Cricketers Open Camp in London
Libya's $6bn World Cup Plan
Abuja 2003: COJA to Use Two Stadia Outside Abuja
2010 World Cup: What Odegbami told us
Eminent Patriots
The Birmingham disaster and journey to Paris 2003

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